Friday, January 21, 2011

The Green Monster

Last week, while I was on a nutrition website ordering a vat of chocolate protein powder, I noticed that they were having a sale on organic spirulina. I had heard good things about it in the past, (and far be it for me to pass up a sale), so I clicked "add to cart" and set out to do some more research.

What I found out was that spirulina is actually quite amazing.

- Considered a "super-food", this nutrient dense blue-green algae is a complete protein and the highest source of plant-based protein, with a whopping 60% protein content.

- Spirulina is high in anti-oxidants and contains: vitamin A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cobalamin), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, folate, vitamin K, biotin, pantothenic acid, beta carotene (source of vitamin A), inositol, calcium, manganese, iron, chromium, phosphorus, molybdenum, iodine, chloride, magnesium, sodium, zinc, potassium, selenium, germanium, copper, boron, phycocyanin, chlorophyll, carotenoids, myxoxanthophyll, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, echinenone and other xanthophylls, gamma linolenic acid, glycolipids, sulfolipids, polysaccharides, isoleucine, phenylalanine, leucine, threonine, lysine, tryptophan, methionine, valine, alanine, glycine, arginine, histidine, aspartic acid, proline, cystine, serine, glutamic acid, tyrosine.

Not bad for a single-celled organism measuring .0196850394 inches in length!

Although it was the high-protein content that had originally piqued my interest, through my research I discovered that Spirulina is thought to reduce cholesterol and support cardiovascular health, improve eyesight, stimulate the immune system, improve digestion, promote detoxification, and aid in athletic endurance and recovery. Three words: sign me up!

So far, I have only taken my Spirulina once, but as I continue to take it, I plan to (hopefully) report back on its effectiveness. I would love to hear from others who are using it, as well, so please feel free to share your experiences!